George Will: Americans Want to Control Their Own Guns Rather than Support Gun Control

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Ricky Carioti/The Washington Post via Getty Images

During the December 6 airing of Fox News Sunday with Chris Wallace, George Will said Americans have “voted with their feet” by heading to gun stores in droves, and he suggested Americans have chosen controlling their own guns over supporting President Obama’s gun control push.

Before Will said these things, Wallace pointed to the fact that Obama’s first response to the San Bernardino terror attack was to call for more gun control. He then pointed to the New York Times front-page editorial calling for “weapons of war” to be outlawed and confiscated from Americans who own them.

Wallace quoted the NYT, saying, “It is a moral outrage and a national disgrace that people can legally purchase weapons designed specifically to kill with brutal speed and efficiency. These are weapons of war.”

Will responded by first pointing out his belief that “most readers of that editorial—and perhaps the authors of it—think that the weapons in use here, what are called ‘assault weapons,’ fire more than one bullet per pull of the trigger in a constant burst.” He explained that this is not the case. The civilian AR-15 is not a machine gun but a firearm that fires one bullet—and no more—each time the trigger is pulled.

Will then suggested the American people understand these guns better than the NYT does, saying:

The American people have shown by voting at the polling booth for defenders of the Second Amendment, but also they have voted with their feet by going to gun stores, that what they want is control of their own guns. This year on Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving, 185,000 Americans got background checks for firearms. That’s a one-day record in this country. So the American people have made clear what they think about the Second Amendment and the usefulness of owning guns.

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